Simple Luxuries Thrive in Depressed Economy – ie. Chocolate

MSNBC and Entrepreneur.com have identified the truth. People keep eating chocolate during a recession. Even a Great Recession.


Why?


Because they can,

because they need to,

because they can afford at least one bite.


Per writer Amy Reinink:


Simple Luxuries Thrive in Depressed Economy

Beer, chocolate and video games. People find comfort on a tight budget with these recession-proof products.


Chocolate

Davidson Chocolateisnt the only chocolate company to enjoy a recent boom in business. Industry giants like Hersheys and Cadburys have also reported increased profits.


Elliott says Davidsons success stems from keeping the focus on quality, and by creating an atmosphere of luxury at an affordable price point.


If people come to really appreciate the quality of your product, they will see paying $1.35 for a truffle as a good value rather than a splurge, she says.


As soon as customers walk into Davidson Chocolate, they are greeted by a staff member–and by the aroma of the on-site chocolate production.


People just stand there and smell for a few minutes, Elliott says.


Then, whether the customer is buying three pounds of chocolate or three pieces, Elliott says owners and staff strive to create the feeling of, Oh, can we wrap your gift, or get you a gift card, or do anything else to make you feel special?


People have to go grocery shopping, Elliott says. They dont have to come into the store. We want them to feel like theyre being treated.

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Pelosi’s Secret Weapon in Health Care Debate: Chocolate


According to the New York Times:

In recent days, Ms. Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have experienced extraordinary tumult as they weathered criticism of the legislation from the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition on the right, and then from more progressive lawmakers who revolted against some of the compromises made to appease the Blue Dogs.

“You’ve had difficult meetings all week,” a reporter said. “Can you tell us about your methods to reach consensus?”

In an unguarded moment, Ms. Pelosi, whose deft political maneuvers catapulted her through the ranks of the House Democratic leadership to make her the first woman speaker in United States history, shared her secret.

“Chocolate,” she said.

And she was only half-kidding. Ms. Pelosi, who represents San Francisco, keeps stashes of Ghirardelli chocolate squares strategically placed throughout her suite of offices in the Capitol.

That’s San Francisco style politics … use gourmet foods to put your foes at ease.

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Awards for the July 12th CHOCOLATE SALON Announced


After excited attendees in the Northwest on Sunday enjoyed exceptional chocolate, confection, wine & tea offerings as part of the national Chocolate Stimulus Plan, The Awards for the 2nd Annual SEATTLE CHOCOLATE SALON have been selected by our team of expert panelists, and can be seen on the Salon website here.

See a TasteTV VIDEO FROM THE SALON

Sample Chocolate Salon Awards include

  • Best Dark Chocolate: Amano Artisan Chocolate
  • Best Truffle: Suess Chocolates
  • Most Artistic Designs: William Dean Chocolates
  • Best Flavored Chocolate: Posh Chocolat
  • Best Flavored Chocolate Bar: Divine Chocolate
  • New Product Award: Amano Artisan Chocolate / Posh Chocolat / Marco Polo Designs’ Chocolate Jewelry
  • Sample Press Reviews:

    MetBlogs Seattle here
    AmazonBlogs – Al Dente here
    Valentina Vitals photos can also be seen here.

    And a great selection of Flickr photos here

    Sample Attendee Reviews:

    Says the Aly M. on Yelp: “Sooooooooooo tired of chocolate right now. I never thought that would happen. But, it was freakin amazing. I liked so many things, but it was also nice to find things I didn’t like–it shows there was a nice variety there…..”

    Adds Nancy B. on Yelp: “For the second year TasteTV put on an amazing event with…vendors at the Bell Harbor Convention Center. Jewelry, Spa products, wine… oh how there were so much more than truffles this year!!! .”

    Plus says Inna B. on Yelp: “This was one crazy delicious event that left plenty of folks in a chocolate coma… The chocolate samples ranged from good to being a flavor explosion/party in your mouth.. and a lot of them looked almost too beautiful to eat. Many of them had some interesting flavors and… well, let’s just say I’m probably no longer going to my regular shopping-mall chocolate stores when buying fancy chocolate as a gift. There are simply too many amazing little chocolate companies that so many people have not even heard of!.”

    Many thanks to our talented and prestigious panelists, as well as volunteers and speakers, including Joseph Whinney (Founder & CEO of Theo Chocolate), Lauren Adler (Founder & Chief Chocophile of Chocolopolis), and Lisa Francoise Schafer (Owner & Creator of Chocolate Spa ‘Sweet Beauty’). We also want to thank the staff from the Bell Harbor Conference Center.


    UPCOMING CHOCOLATE SALONS:

    September 19 2009: Las Vegas
    October 11 2009: Los Angeles

    March 2010: San Francisco
    May 2010: Chicago

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    “Twilight” Actors Made in Chocolate


    Blockbuster video stores will have the “Twilight” and “New Moon” movie cast in chocolate for fans to buy… and eat.

    Per andpop.com,

    Necco sub-brand SkyBar is releasing these “New Moon” bars as well as special boxes of “Twilight” Sweethearts. But of course, they had to add a vampire twist to the flavours which include “Secret Strawberry,” “Passion Fruit” and “Tempting Apple.


    If we’re lucky, we might be able to get samples for the 2009 Los Angeles Luxury Chocolate Salon in October. (bar photo from E! online)

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    Chocolate-Powered Race Car


    What a waste of chocolate! On the other hand, it is Green (or rather, “brown”)

    FOX News reports Chocolate-Powered 150 MPH Race Car Revealed

    A team of British engineers have designed a car that not only runs on a fuel derived from the tasty treat, but is largely constructed from parts derived from vegetables.

    The steering wheel of the open-cockpit car is constructed from carrot fibers, the foam in the seats from soybeans, and the rear view mirrors and body panels produced from the starch of potatoes. Even the brakes are based on cashew nut shells.

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    FDA Issues Recall on Bella Cucina “Death by Chocolate” Cookies
    InjuryBoard.com – Tampa,FL,USA
    By Courtney Mills Bella Cucina of Atlanta, Georgia has issued a recall on certain lots of the company’s “Death by Chocolate” cookies.
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    Dads crave chocolate too, says survey
    Food Week – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
    Survey results conveniently released shortly before Father’s Day has found that 86% of men admit to craving chocolate. Conducted for chocolate company
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    Chocolate tops brain game
    Melbourne Herald Sun – Australia
    British researchers have discovered that chocoholics’ brains respond to chocolate as drug addicts’ do to drugs. The scientists also discovered that areas of
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    New ‘Chocolate‘ TV Range From LG
    Smart House – Australia
    29/08/2007 We first heard of the LG Black Label series of products when it launched its Black Label mobile phones; the Chocolate and the Shine phones.
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    Chocolate red wine cake
    ABC Regional Online – Australia
    Fold through the chocolate. Bake in a 20cm springform pan for 45 minutes at 180 degrees or until cooked. Place on a cake rack. Cook ingredients at a low
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    Recipes: Chocolate strata pie and more
    Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
    This is the winning recipe for the Ghirardelli Chocolate Championship, from John Parizek of Prior Lake. Prepare meringue: Beat egg whites with vinegar and
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    Dawn French Dropped From Chocolate Orange Ads
    Life Style Extra – UK
    Dawn French has been dropped as the face of Terry’s Chocolate Orange after 10 years, it was confirmed today. The larger than life TV star, 49,
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